Shadow Health Minister Rob Lucas will visit the Riverland on Thursday to tour local health facilities and speak with key stakeholders.
During the tour, Mr Lucas will visit a number of hospitals and discuss issues regarding staff numbers and front line health services.
Mr Lucas said the tour will help shape policies for the 2014 State election.
“As a possible alternative government, it is vital we understand the challenges facing regional hospitals and health facilities,” Mr Lucas said.
“I’m looking forward to speaking with administrators, doctors and nursing staff in the Riverland and hopefully using their knowledge and expertise to develop policies for the election, which is now less than 12 months away.”
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said the visit from Mr Lucas is an important chance to discuss any concerns and opportunities in the Riverland health and disability sector.
“During the visit, constituents and key stakeholders will have the opportunity to speak about issues that impact Chaffey,” Mr Whetstone said.
“There are still concerns that staff numbers in the health sector are declining in the Riverland and this issue must be addressed going forward.
“Retaining and attracting doctors to the region is also another very important issue.
“We also need to ensure that budgetary cut backs do not impact front line staff.
“While we look forward to having a brand new regional hospital in Berri, the State Labor Government needs to ensure that the hospital will be adequately staffed.”